Tim Baldwin Jr., Wolverine

Tim Baldwin Jr., Wolverine


November 5, 2018

Ashburn (VA) Broad Run RB Tim Baldwin, Jr. (image via LoCoSports)

Ashburn (VA) Broad Run running back Tim Baldwin, a 2020 prospect, committed to Michigan over the weekend. He picked the Wolverines over offers from Boston College, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia, among others.

Baldwin is listed at 5’11”, 187 lbs. by 247 Sports. He claims a 4.58 forty, 4.52 shuttle, 315 lb. bench, and a 540 lb. squat.

RANKINGS
ESPN: Unranked
Rivals: 3-star, 5.7 grade, #36 RB
247 Sports: 4-star, 90 grade, #26 RB, #247 overall

Hit the jump for more on Baldwin’s commitment.

Baldwin was offered by Michigan back in the spring, and he took a visit to Ann Arbor for the win over Penn State this past weekend. He found the visit sufficiently to his liking to commit to the Wolverines before he left town.

Baldwin is a thickly built back, and his Hudl profile lists him at 198 lbs. Physically, he reminds me a little bit of former Michigan commit Matt Falcon, who played a bit at Western Michigan before being medically disqualified. I think Falcon had better speed prior to his numerous knee injuries, but they’re just solidly built athletes who do/did a good job of keeping their shoulders square to the line of scrimmage. Baldwin is a patient runner who sets up his blocks and finds cutback lanes. He seems to know he’s a downhill runner and doesn’t try to bounce everything outside. There isn’t film of his pass blocking, but he’s an aggressive outside linebacker on defense who doesn’t shy away from contact.

The top-end speed isn’t quite there for Baldwin. He’s the type of guy who has the burst to get to the third level, but he’s probably not a breakaway threat: the question will be whether those defensive backs can bring him down with consistency. He should be a back who tops out around 215-220 lbs.

Overall, Baldwin should be a serviceable back for what Michigan wants to do offensively (move the chains and control the ball), but he doesn’t appear to be a consistent big-play threat. He will get to Michigan after Karan Higdon, Chris Evans, and Tru Wilson graduate, so the depth chart is wide open that far into the future.

Michigan now has five commits in the 2020 class, including Baldwin, WR Kalil Branham, TE Nick Patterson, LB Cornell Wheeler, and CB Andre Seldon.

2 comments

  1. Comments: 166
    Joined: 12/19/2015
    Extrajuice
    Nov 06, 2018 at 11:46 AM

    Meh. Nothing really stands out for me. Doesn’t do anything great. Footwork is good and can jump cut well but doesn’t have any acceleration after. Isn’t a burner either. The main thing I don’t care for though is the lack of broken tackles. You can get a sense if a RB has the “it factor” if he’s able to stay on his feet, give a limp leg, drive through some tackles. Not much of any of that. Reminds me of a slightly smaller Hassan Haskins from last year. Might be a little thicker in the legs but doesn’t have as much natural running ability as Haskins. I had Haskins at a 70, TTB had him at a 78. I’d give Baldwin a 68. Don’t see the need for him right now. REALLY hoping we can keep Zach Charbonnet. Haven’t heard anything from him in awhile and it’s starting to worry me. Gray seems like he’s already gone.

  2. Comments: 12
    Joined: 8/12/2015
    EGD
    Nov 07, 2018 at 10:22 PM

    Ashburn is where Trace McSorley is from, I believe.

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